Is This Real? Is This Recall? MPAA Hosts Screening Of Total Recall To 'Educate' Congress On 'Benefits' Of IP Protection

from the is-that-real?-do-you-recall? dept

It's been said that Hollywood is completely out of ideas, and all it does these days is the same thing over and over again. That seems to be the case both on the policy front and with its movies. So how perfect is it that the MPAA's gift-of-the-month to Congress is a showing of the remake of the movie Total Recall? As we noted in our post about the MPAA's special showing of the latest Batman flick, to get around breaking gift giving guidelines, the MPAA includes a special "educational component," before its movies, which somehow makes it okay. We heard from attendees of the Batman showing that (amazingly) no mention of copyright or piracy issues was made in the "educational" component. Rather it was a presentation about the Natural History Museum and how it was doing things with IMAX, as well as a Time Warner presentation about its online offerings like HBO GO, TV Everywhere and Ultra Violet.

However, this month, the MPAA will more directly address the copyright issue, as you can see in the invite below, where they note the "educational" component will be about "the impact of film in the global economy and the benefit of IP protection to global trade."
As the tagline of the movie says, "Is it real? Is it recall?" One has to imagine that the "educational" content will be particularly one sided, and I'd question how "real" the lesson will be. The stats that the MPAA is fond of throwing out are rarely anywhere close to reality. The presentation almost certainly won't "recall" the fact that due to the MPAA's own ridiculously extreme position on "IP protection" in "global trade," the ACTA agreement has more or less killed the agreement (at least for the majority of Europe).

If Congress wants an educational lesson on the role of IP and international trade, they might want to "recall" that the MPAA is just about the last place to go to get any sense of "reality."

Filed Under: congress, education, ip, screenings, total recall, trade negotiations
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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Aug 2012 @ 12:37pm

    Oh Pirate Mike--

    Let's look at what you said then: "By the way, we're hearing that the MPAA hosted a "special screening" of the new Batman movie for members of Congress and their staff. Now, that would normally run afoul of gift giving guidelines... but they worked around that by spending the first 15 minutes "educating members and staff on important issues" (take a guess what those might be)." http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120718/14310819747/holy-conflict-interest-tell-congress-that-publ ic-good-is-more-important-than-their-chance-to-cameo-batman.shtml

    Funny how you don't even bother to link to that article. But now you're saying that the educational component wasn't even about copyright. LOL! Jump the gun much? Your idiocy knows no bounds--and now you're trying to make predictions about this one? LMAO! Could you be any more of a tool?

    And I'm still waiting for you to explain whether Senator Leahy *actually* violated Senate ethics rules. Remember? You claimed that he did, but then you refused to even name the specific rule that he violated. Fact is, you didn't have all the facts and you couldn't actually make that conclusion. Fact is, you were doing what you always do--spreading lies and manipulating your readers. You will go to any length to discredit anyone and anything to do with copyright. Reality be damned.

    We both know that all you care about are the headlines. All you care about is spreading FUD. It doesn't matter if it's true. It only matters if you can say it and conceivably, maybe (perhaps in an alternate reality) it's ""true"" (one set of quotation marks just doesn't capture how far you are willing to go). We all know that you don't consult the actual law when making your "legal arguments." You've admitted that much explicitly.

    When you said Leahy was violating the ethics rules, you didn't mean that he was *actually* violating the rules. Your dishonesty is (and I say this honestly) one of the most despicable things I've ever seen on the 'net. And if you think I'm going to get tired of calling you out--you're dead wrong. I haven't even started yet.

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